SULLIVAN COUNTY – Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Austin Robertson observed a white passenger vehicle in Dugger, near the intersection of Johnson and Monroe, that failed to signal a turn.
Trooper Robertson activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle drove for two additional blocks and then came to an abrupt stop. Upon stopping, the driver quickly exited the vehicle and ran north.
Trooper Robertson, without hesitation, got out of his patrol car and gave loud verbal commands for the subject to stop. The commands were disregarded, and Trooper Robertson pursued on foot. The foot pursuit traveled through several yards in a residential area, until the subject eventually complied with Trooper Robertson’s verbal commands and stopped.
Trooper Robertson immediately secured the subject and returned to his patrol car. The driver was identified as Bryon K. Reeves, 42, of Terre Haute, Indiana. During a search of Reeves’ vehicle, it was discovered that it contained legend drugs (legend drugs are drugs that are approved by the FDA and dispensed to the public only by prescription of a licensed physician), several hypodermic syringes, cocaine, bath salts, and methamphetamine. Reeves was taken into custody and transported to the Sullivan County Jail where he is currently being detained.
A passenger in the vehicle, Mary Taft, 33, of Terre Haute, Indiana, was also taken into custody. Taft was wanted on an active warrant out of Vigo County for dealing methamphetamine. Reeves was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of legend drugs, possession of cocaine, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
Assisting at the scene were the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan City Police Department, and Recovery Plus Towing Service.